Juvenal On Women

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    • Satire number six written in the 2nd century AD
      • Dark humour, purpose is to ridicule, mock and shock
      • characters and persona's hatred at exaggerated to create humour
      • the persona is written to persuade a young man not to marry
    • Eppia (not necessarily a real person)
      • wife of the senator
        • someone females look up to
        • expected to be respectable
      • she ran of with Pharos leaving behind her homeland, husband, sister and children
        • contrasts to cloeilia who was seen as brave for running away
        • she had every thing a roman women aspired to
          • will create fear in male audience because if this women wasn't contempt how could they expect their own wives to be
          • don't expect even a senators wife to be respectable
      • she sailed with Pharos to Egypt
        • when there is a good reason for going to sea women are fearful
          • it is difficult to get them aboard, they can stand the bilge-water and they feel dizzy and they're sick over their husbands
        • when there with a lover they feels at eased
          • they will eat with the sailors. walk the quarter-deck and enjoy hauling the rough ropes
      • she is only attracted to Pharos's fame
        • hes unattractive
          • he had a scar on his face from his helmet
          • a big wart between his nostrils
          • smelly discharge dripping from his eye
        • her attraction for his would fade because he had shaved his head because he was hoping he could retire from being a gladiator due to his wound on his arm
    • Emperor Claudius's wife
      • when he husband was asleep she would leave and go to a brothel to be a prostitute
        • she would go with one female slave and she would disguise her black hair by wearing a yellow wig
        • she took the name of Lycisca
      • she would leave not satisfied
      • she would come back climb into bed, with a 'dirty face... and the smell of the brothel'
      • a sex manic who's name is not given because she's a respectable women
      • she cared little for her fertility
    • Juvenal questions whether in the 'large herd of women that's worth marrying'
      • he criticises even the most respectful of women
        • the Sabine women
          • were already married and so weren't virgins
        • he then contradicts himself by criticising Cornelia for being two virtuous because they become snobs
      • suggesting they're all the same
    • the mother in-law
      • will ruin the marriage by making sure her daughter gets everything she can from her husband
      • she encourages her daughter to have affairs
        • writes on behalf of her seductively and with sophistication
        • tricks or bribes the husbands spies
        • call in a doctor so she can pretend she's unwell and sneak around with her lover
      • the daughter wil use her mother as an example and help her daughter to be as equally unfaithful
    • cause trouble
      • all legal action can be tracked back to a woman
      • this is a negative consequence of female education
    • female athletes
      • distracts them from their Roman Matron duties eg blowing the trumpet of Florida
      • by being Athletic they're not being gentle and kind matrons
        • she's denyng her sex by trying to exert male strength
      • damaging their fertility
    • reason for their behaviour
      • before poverty made them chaste, hard working especially with their house keeping
      • Rome us no longer at war so their no longer being controlled by a lack of money
        • creates no guilt or deed for lust
      • luxuries corrupt women
    • educated females
      • unbearable because they wont stop talking
      • they disturb the men who actually know what there talking about
      • they shouldn't understand philosophy, speaking and grammar or they will correct and embarrass him
    • Birth control
      • a lot of women are taken drugs to make them stertile or kill babies
      • Juvenal is for it because he says if they were to have the child it would probably be an Ethiopians and you would be left embarrassed
  • suggesting they're all the same

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